Whenever we have people over I like to show off my baking skills. This usually means that I go a little over the top with my dessert trays. Whether I make multiple types of cookies or have a cupcake tower or just fill a plate with my treats I always make more than one thing.
So when we had another couple and their toddler over for a dinner party I wanted to make some fancy cupcakes. After all, none of us get out too much so I wanted to make dessert special. I started thinking about different cupcake recipes and ended up making one alcoholic and one nonalcoholic so the kids could enjoy them.
For my alcoholic cupcake I decided on a Margarita Cupcake. I used a vanilla cupcake base and then embellished that. Instead of using milk as my liquid I used a combination of lime juice, orange juice, and tequila to make it taste like a margarita. It totally worked.
When it was time to make the frosting I did the same thing using the fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, and tequila. I then used just a dot of green food coloring to give it that light green color. I sprinkled sanding sugar on top because it reminded me of salt which I thought was a fun topping.
Then because I have to be extra sometimes, I added a shot of margarita in a pipette on top. You can buy these on Amazon for a few dollars like the ones here. You simply fill them then place them in the cupcakes. In my case I told my guests they could squeeze the liquid into the cupcake or take it as a shot before eating the cake. I prefer taking it as a shot first.
I know a lot of people use straight liquor when putting a shot in a cupcake but we are parents and our kids were around and I just wasn't feeling it so mixing up an actual mini margarita was perfect. I used the lime juice, orange juice, tequila, and simple syrup to make mini margarita shots and they were fabulous. You can do either one and I'm sure it will be just as awesome.
The cupcakes were on the firm side but they had a lot of the lime and orange flavor. The frosting totally tasted like a margarita and it was fun to take the shot before biting into the dessert. I really enjoyed them and think these would be great for parties or even a summer BBQ.
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